Cooking can be so much fun, as you can be as creative as you’d like and enjoy the delicious meals that come as a result. Introducing your children to home cooking is a brilliant way to bond, and it will provide them with a skill that they will build upon for the rest of their lives. Keep in mind though that there are several hazards to beware of in the kitchen, so be mindful of the environment to protect individuals both young and old.
It’s always a good idea to be aware of common kitchen injuries and how to avoid them, thus keeping you and your family safe.
Electrical burns or shock. One of the key hazards in the kitchen is electricity. Yes, items such as blenders and electric stoves are crucial for whipping up all of those delectable culinary treats and yet they can also present the occasional risk. A loose plug, bare wires sticking through the protective casing of a cable, and heated apparatuses can lead to burn. Avoid these injuries by switching off appliances like toasters when you are not using them. This is especially important when you have kids around who might start playing with them! Avoid placing metal objects like knives into toasters and plugs as well. To be extra safe, invest in some plastic plug guards to place in your sockets to cover up the holes. Have your kitchen appliances tested regularly for faults (you can do this at your local electrical or hardware store) and ensure that they are all fitted with the appropriate fuse to prevent them overheating or giving users electric shocks. If you need new cooking tools to replace faulty ones, we carry plenty of small kitchen appliances that range from juicers to Panini makers.
Burns on the stove. Hot items, like pans full of oil or boiling water, should always be placed far back on the stove. Turn the handles inward and away from you so that they cannot be accidentally tipped over by your elbows or curious children.
Cuts. Store all sharp utensils, like carving knives and skewers, in a cabinet high up with a child safe lock. Cuts are actually one of the most common kitchen injury, so be careful while you use knives and other sharp utensils and do not allow your children to use such. Also, be careful when using the blender, juicer or food processing machine. Furthermore, keep you knives sharp to prevent accidents, as a dull blade is more likely to erroneously slip.
Falls. We’ve all been guilty of balancing our weight on wobbly chairs as we reach towards the highest cupboard. Obviously, situations like these can lead to disaster, which is why a sturdy stepping stool is a necessity for the kitchen. Furthermore, keep your most commonly used foods and accessories without arm’s reach instead of buried in the back of your shelves. We offer plenty of food storage, and our stove and countertop section features plenty of attractive options for displaying your favorite spices that you’ll turn to time and time again. Another step that is paramount to preventing slips is to make sure that all spills and puddles are cleaned up immediately; check out our floor cleaning options to find mops and more.
Carbon monoxide poisoning. Beware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (which can be released from gas heaters) by having a carbon monoxide detector placed right next to the stove or beside the kitchen door. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but can cause nausea, dizziness, and loss of consciousness within minutes.
Taking precaution in the kitchen will serve you and your family well, as it is always better to be safe than sorry. Teach children kitchen safety rules as well so they can grow up knowing how to avoid common kitchen injuries.